UTR number for creators and influencers
Creators and influencers make content online and can be paid for doing so. Some people work full-time as a creator but there are lots that just do it for some income on the side/a passion project.
What is a Unique Taxpayer Reference Number (UTR)?
A UTR is a 10-digit code used by HMRC to identify individuals and companies for tax reasons. It allow you to fulfil all your tax obligations, and once you have it, it stays with you for life.
Do You Need a UTR Number?
If you are Self-employed, a Sole Trader, or a Director of a Limited Company, and you submit a Self Assessment tax return, you will need a UTR number. You will also require it if you earn over £100,000 a year as an Employee or owe tax on savings interest, dividends, or Capital Gains above a given allowance.
How to Get a UTR Number?
If you are Self-employed, you need to self-register for a UTR number, as it is not automatically assigned. This can be done directly through HMRC Online Services or apps like Earnr. You can also apply for your UTR number by phone or post.
If you choose to apply through HMRC's website, they will send your UTR number via post. If you decide to call, be prepared for them to direct you to apply online. Applying by post may take longer due to back and forth requests for more information and proof of identity. It takes approximately ten days to receive your UTR number through post and 21 days if you're working abroad.
How to Find Your UTR Number
If you are unsure if you have a UTR number or have lost it, you can contact HMRC by phone. You will need to have your National Insurance number to identify yourself.. Alternatively, you can find your UTR number on any correspondence sent by HMRC or on the Government Gateway portal account summary page.